The entire OLine is coming back except for Baca the RG...Franklin, Fauria, and Baca are the only ones not returning...Evans, Fuller, Lucien, Hundley, Torian White, Xavier Sua Filo, Jake Brendal, and Simon Goines...another player that started several games is Steven Manfro who got injured, he was very effective on offense, jut not too great at Punt Returns.<quoted text>I think your outlook is a bit of a stretch. Here is a more realisitic possibility. Franklin and Fauria we know are gone! So are your pair of underperforming backup QBs and both senior cornerbacks. Plus the (B)ruins have several draft-eligible juniors and redshirt sophomores who could opt to go pro. Shaquelle Evans, Eric Kendricks, Jordan Zumwalt, Odighizuwa, Tevin McDonald and Cassius Marsh are among that group. Sophomore Xavier Su'a-Filo is also draft eligible. So what great nucleus did you say is coming back?
On Defense, gone are Andrew Abbot, Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price, as well as Damien Holmes and Datone Jones...of those mentioned Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price hurt the team more than helped, with so many penalties (i.e. McDonald for USC). Replacing them will be two lights out corners by the name of Marcus Rios and Randall Goforth, whom any thought should have been the starters...replacing Holmes won't be hard either, Aaron Wallace, Nate Iese(monster) or Jeremy Castro. Anthony Barr and Zumwalt ain't going nowhere, and taking over for Jones there are several options, ever heard of Ellis McCarthy? Should anything happen with Brett Hundley we have two QBs that are pure passers in Neuheisel and Millweard...and also Devin Fuller can play QB, the kid is so athletic that he was switched to WR just so his talent wouldn't be wasted on the bench. I'm telling you our team is set for the future.
Recruiting rankings are way over rated I think that if a teams fills those areas in which they lack depth, that class is more successful than stacking with a bunch of 5-star class made of QBs and WR and RB...UCLA is stacked up in the OLine with the current class, we have 8 OLinemen, and anyone what has paid any attention the OLine had been our weakest area, hence 3 freshmen starting this year and one sophomore...BTW, right now UCLA has the #10 recruiting class.